Mindfulness is the act of being mindful, a mindful meditation is when you really try to be present with your breath, thoughts, and the intention behind thoughts.
Nowadays, mindfulness is attached to pretty much everything. Mindful Living, Mindful Exercise, Mindful Social Interaction, the list goes on. But, at the core of these mindful ways of living is understanding how your being is impacting the internal and external surroundings.
For example, you could find yourself being really angry with something. Without mindfulness, this anger leaks out left and right and directly affects the life experience you’re having. Even if you don’t see it that way right at the beginning.
On the other hand, if you are mindful about your anger then you have an idea of where it is originating from and as a result, you become mindful about it. When you become mindful, you suddenly realize you have a choice as to whether you wish to react to this anger or let it pass through your system.
Sometimes when we’re really disturbed internally we don’t even realize that we’re spreading those disturbed emotions around the environment we live in. So, the principle of mindfulness is to take good care of your system and recognize how different emotions and mental states affect your life right now.
The intention behind thoughts is one way to ground yourself in mindfulness. You have to become self-aware of why you are doing certain things, and where those things are taking you. So, instead of an emotional response, you’re mindfully building an outline for how you feel about yourself and how you wish to share yourself to friends, family, or the world as a whole.
In nature, mindfulness is the beauty of recognizing animals and trees and seeing how they contribute to the brilliance that is life.